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Are bento lunches an emerging trend? Weigh in with your opinion. To interview Biggie or for higher-resolution photos for publication, get in touch at lunchinabox AT gmail DOT com.

TV/Radio/Video:

  • NHK TV special: “Bento: The Global Lunchbox Project“, 5/2014
  • Fox40 Live, live TV news segments on Sacramento, CA Fox affiliate
    • “Creative Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner Leftovers”, 11/25/2008: In the first TV segment, I demonstrate the Turkey Mole Enchilada recipe and ways to use leftover bread.
    • “Creative Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner Leftovers”, 11/25/208: In the second TV segment, I demonstrate the Curried Turkey Croquette recipe and show ways to repurpose leftover cranberry sauce.
    • “Blogger Mom Shows Off Bento Box Lunches”, 9/12/2008: see also my post about the experience
  • J-Wave Tokyo radio station, with a Japanese write-up in the Global Frontline section of the station’s blog. (10/2/2009)
  • NHPR’s Word of Mouth radio show, “Thinking Inside the Bento Box” (9/15/2008)
  • Sacramento Bee, “Bring Your Own Lunch” feature story (3/18/2009), with an online video of me making a bento lunch

Press

Cover of Nichi Bei Times

  • Boston Globe, “Thinking Inside the Box” (9/3/2008)
  • Cincinnati Weekly, “Bento Box: Let this Japanese cuisine add color to your meals” (7/29/2008)
  • Daily Breeze, “17 links for building the coolest school lunches ever” (via Inside SoCal, 8/1/2008)
  • Edible Austin, “Bento Box Resources” (Fall 2008)
  • Elle France, “Toute la blogosphère étrangère est aussi complètement mordue de bento ” (4/2008, in French)
  • Globe and Mail, “Packing healthy lunches your kid will love” (8/25/2009)
  • Hong Kong Trader (2/2009), “Cashing in on Leftovers”
  • Lawrence Journal (Lawrence, Kansas), “Break out of the Lunchtime Blues with Bento” (10/13/2008)
  • le Soleil, “Boîte à lunch nippone” (photo, 9/7/2007, in French)
  • New York Times, “What’s for lunch? Enter the bento box, a touch of Japan” (9/9/2009)
  • Newsweek, “Bento Boxes for the Preschool Set” (6/26/2008)
  • Newsweek Japan, “Bento Ninki ni Awase Kantan Recipe o Shokai: Blogger Deborah Hamilton” (10/15/2008, in Japanese)
  • Nichi Bei Times, “Gettin’ Busy with Bento; What’s in Your Box?” (cover story), my blog post here (1/22-28/2009)
  • Sacramento Bee, “Bring Your Own Lunch” feature story (3/18/2009), with an online video of me making bento lunches  (the article is rerun in other newspapers below)
    • Anniston Star, “The new bag: Toting lunch becoming a cheap, hip, healthy trend” (4/15/2009)
    • The Arizona Republic, “Homemade lunch a cheap, hip, healthy trend” (4/21/2009)
    • Belleville News-Democrat (St. Louis, MO), “Toting lunch a cheap, hip, healthy trend” (4/21/2009)
    • Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), “BYOL: Bringing your lunch is cheap, hip trend” (4/29/2009)
    • La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wisconsin), “Toting lunch becoming a cheap, healthy trend” (4/19/2009)
    • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Toting One’s Lunch Now a Hip, Healthy Trend” (4/19/2009)
    • The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA), “It’s Lunch a la You” (4/19/2009)
    • Wichita Eagle, “Hip & Healthy: In poor economic times, toting one’s lunch to work has become trendy” (4/15/2009)
  • St. Petersburg Times, “Art You Can Eat” (9/12/2008)
    • Tampa Bay Times (TBT), “Art You Can Eat” (9/12/2008, page 37), reruns the St. Petersburg Times article
  • Stars & Stripes, “Blog It” weekly blog spotlight (all editions pg. 2, 8/8/2008)
  • The Washington Post, “Angst 101: Packing Lunch” (8/28/2008) dubs Biggie “the Rachael Ray of bento” FBA 2007 Winner Badge
    • The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon), “As lunchboxes evolve, so do expectations for what’s inside” (8/29/2008), reruns the Washington Post article
    • The Detroit News, “The craft of making kids’ lunches” (9/30/2008), reruns the Washington Post article
    • Dothan Eagle, “As lunchboxes evolve, so do expectations for what’s inside” (9/9/2008), a short version of the Washington Post article
    • Gulf News (U.A.E.), “Power Lunch in a Small Box” (9/19/2008), an abridged version of the Washington Post article
    • Providence Journal, “Packing Lunch: A long way from bologna sandwiches” (9/3/2008), a short version of the Washington Post article

AwardsFeatured in Alltop

  • 2008 Food Blog Awards, Winner of “Best Theme” category, blog post here (1/2009)
  • 2007 Food Blog Awards, Winner of “Best Family/Kids Blog” category, runner-up in “Best Theme” category (12/2007)
  • 2007 Blogger’s Choice Awards, tied for 3rd place in Best Food Blog (1/2008)
  • Alltop Top Food Site (8/2008)

Notable Web Mentions

  • ABC News: Seven Ways to Cut Your Lunch Bill (2/27/2009)
  • Apartment Therapy’s Ohdeedoh: Bento toddler lunches (8/5/2008 & 9/7/2007)
  • BlogHer: Bento for Back to School (8/12/2008)
  • Boing Boing: How to divide a freezer bag (4/14/2008), Molding eggs with ice cream sandwich molds (8/1/2007)
  • Chowhound: Too cute to eat (The Grinder 11/19/2007)
  • Food Interviews: Deborah Hamilton (Biggie) of Lunch in a Box (9/15/2008)
  • iVillage: The Rules of Bento (3/18/2009)
  • LAist: Foodie Round-Up (12/23/2007)
  • Lifehacker: Freeze ground meat in small portions with a chopstick (5/2008), Acidulated water for sliced fruit (12/2011), Rice lid for stews (11/2011), Defrosting frozen food in frying pan (11/2011), Food magnets for freezer inventory (11/2011), Freezing veggies in water bottles (11/2011), Making nigiri sushi in ice cube tray (11/2011)
  • Neatorama: How to make individual portions in freezer bags (4/14/2008), Molding eggs with ice cream sandwich molds (8/1/2007)
  • Netafull: Ground meat freezing tips (5/21/2008, in Japanese)
  • Parent Hacks: Make individual portions in freezer bags (5/3/2008), How to make an octodog (3/4/2008), Freezing unsauced pasta (7/15/2007)
  • Serious Eats: Not-so-spicy bentos for kids (7/18/2008), Freezing individual portions of ground food or thick sauces (4/15/2008), Make thin egg sheets in microwave (3/27/2008), Deep-fried octodogs (Photo of the Day 2/26/2008), How to pack a bento box (6/12/2007)
  • Slashfood:  Make your own learning chopsticks (Slashfood Ate 12/5/08), Mr. Bento Lunch (Feast Your Eyes 7/2/2008), Frozen veggies in plastic water bottles (Feast Your Eyes 7/1/2008), Freezing individual portions (Tip of the Day 5/22/2008), A helpful technique for freezing meat (4/15/2008), Back to school: Carrying your lunch in style (9/6/2007), Neat way to keep track of freezer food (4/14/2007)
  • The Kitchn: Before and After: Biggie’s Bento-Inspired Kitchen (7/31/2008), Kitchen Organization Tour: A Visit with Bento Expert Biggie of Lunch in a Box (7/24/2008), Good Idea: Frozen Vegs in Plastic Water Bottles (7/8/2008), Freeze Individual Portions for Expedited Defrosting (6/2011)
  • Yahoo’s Pick of the Day: 10/17/2007
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